Hinduism Poorly Understood in America, Survey Shows

August 18, 2001

Source: The Washington Post


On August 18, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "in a new survey of Americans' attitudes about Hindus, 666  people – two-thirds of those surveyed – said they have no familiarity with Hindu beliefs and practices...Members of the Hindu Leaders Forum...commissioned the survey...The Embassy of India estimates that 90 percent of [America's] 1.5...

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Inter-Religious Panel at Harvard Explores Conversion

August 14, 2001

Source: International Society for Krishna Consciousness

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On August 14, 2001, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness reported that "the Boston Theological Institute's Dialog Program convened a panel on religious conversion at the Harvard Divinity School. Christopher Queen...of the Harvard Extension School...discussed his journey from Methodism to Buddhism...Premananda dasa spoke of his journey from Christianity to atheism to Vaishnavism...The organizers were so...

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New York Court Issues Restraining Order on Hindu Temple

August 10, 2001

Source: Newsday

On August 10, 2001, Newsday reported that "a State Supreme Court judge has issued a restraining order against a popular Hindu temple in Flushing, preventing it from spending temple funds, after six members accused its board of concealing financial records. The Hindu Temple Society of North America, which governs the Ganesha Temple..., has been ordered not to use any assets, sign any contracts or conduct any major expenditures unless authorized by temple membership." The president of the Hindu Temple Society denied all allegations. "Those...

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Hindu Sect Proves Worth of Idols in Ceremony

August 4, 2001

Source: Daily News

On August 4, 2001, New York's Daily News reported that "members of a Hindu sect in Secaucus, N.J., think their idols are worth their weight in gold - and...in an elaborate, unprecedented ceremony, they will prove it. Under the supervision of the chief priest of the Swaminarayanism sect, His Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj, members will - one at a time - place three marble idols weighing about 550 pounds each on scales loaded with about $2.7 million worth of gold bullion borrowed from a New York bank. If things...

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Indian Swami Preaches Unity on Tour of Twin Cities

August 4, 2001

Source: The Pioneer Press

On August 4, 2001, The Pioneer Press reported on the speaking tour of a swami from Andra Pradesh, India. "Swamiji Bhagavan Sri Viswayogi Viswamji Maharaj will make public and private appearances" in the Twin Cities for five days. "What he says -- that all religions are the same -- is important," said one of the local Hindus who organized the tour. "More and more (swamiss) are coming to the United States because of the affluence of the Indian-Hindu community," said the production manager of Hinduism Today. "Many swamis...

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Hindu Women Honor their Brothers

August 3, 2001

Source: Newsday

On August 3, 2001, Newsday reported on Rakhi Day. "Rakhi Day, formerly known as Raksha Bandhan, is a Hindu ritual created especially for sisters to honor their brothers. But through the years, the tradition expanded to include men and women who share a bond, even if they're not related...Though customs and rituals associated with Raksha Bandhan differ from region to region, the celebration of the brother-sister bond catches the same fervor in almost every Indian home."

Joyous Hindu Celebration in Kansas City

August 1, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On August 1, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported on a Hindu celebration during which "a group of Kansas City area Hindus continuously chanted 'Hare Krishna' from morning to evening...The purpose of the joyous exercise 'is to love God with all our heart and soul.' It is based on the belief that the unconditional, selfless love of God is manifested in dancing and chanting the name of the Lord...This was the second time Nam-Yajna has been observed here."

Intallation Ceremony at Hindu Temple in San Diego

July 30, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On July 30, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on an "installation ceremony at the Shiva Vishnu Temple of San Diego in Mira Mesa. The temple is spiritual home to more than 300 Hindu families."

Growing Religious Diversity in Bible Belt

July 28, 2001

Source: Messenger-Inquirer


On July 28, 2001, the Messenger-Inquirer reported on the growing religious diversity in the Bible Belt. "About 200 Jains and about as many Sikhs live in west-central Kentucky and Tennessee now... Bowling Green has 2,000 actively practicing Muslims, mostly Bosnian immigrants... Nashville has about 24,000 Hispanics, compared to 2,700 a decade ago." Thomas Russell and...

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Daughter Carries on with Father's Teachings

July 28, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

On July 28, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported on Torkom Saraydarian. "Through his philosophy, which he called Ageless Wisdom, he drew from the teachings of the world's religions to help others fulfill their destinies. He died at age 80 in 1997...Today in Cave Creek, his daughter, Gita Saraydarian, carries on her father's legacy by publishing his books and teaching classes...'It's a blend of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Sufi,'" she said.

New York Court Issues Restraining Order on Hindu Temple

July 27, 2001

Source: India in New York


On July 27, 2001, India in New York reported that "the Hindu Temple Society of North America (HTSNA), which oversees the operations of the Ganesha temple in...Flushing, New York, has been issued a restraining order and a show-cause notice by the New York State Supreme Court, Queens County. ..The driving force behind the case are two men... who alleged that the...

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Ten Facts Illustrate Atlanta's Growing Religious Diversity

July 26, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On July 26, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "during the second half of the 20th century, metro Atlanta...became a richly diverse religious community." The article listed ten facts that exemplified the growing diversity. For example, "Hindus have several worship centers in Atlanta" and "Pagans and witches worship in their own ceremonies throughout the metro area."

Front Page of Chicago Tribune Exemplifies Religion in America

July 25, 2001

Source: Sightings

On July 25, 2001, Sightings reported that "the front page of the Chicago Tribune Metro section for July fifth shows two pictures of religion in America that capture well its ambivalence as a public force. The first story concerns [a] Hindu leader...A woman of humble Indian birth, Amritandandamayi now touches the lives of a worldwide community...[She] hugs follower after follower, at times for eighteen straight hours...Directly below this story of religious diversity and the power of shared affection is a picture of Richard Loy,...

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Yoga Gains A Foothold Among Many Americans

July 24, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On July 24, 2001, The Denver Post reported that "as aging baby boomers turn to yoga to ease their aching bodies, doctors, employers and celebrities have begun to promote this ancient healing exercise. An estimated 15 million Americans practice yoga...The roots of its healing properties [are] buried deep  within the chakra system. 'It's astonishing to see,' says a Hindu priest...'I've seen a shift from questions about 'why do you  worship cows' to asking about the chakras.' ... 'Chakra'... refers to the seven energy centers in the...

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Apology for Hindu-Bashing by Chicago Radio Host

July 24, 2001

Source: Hindu Press International

On July 24, 2001, Hindu Press International reported that "in the aftermath of a controversial radio broadcast on Hinduism...TV and radio talk show host Tony Brown apologized to Hindus, and said he plans to broaden sympathies between Indian Americans and others in the US." Brown said that "the errors I made were made out a misunderstanding of Hinduism, not out of malice."